House Keeper / Maintenance Person / Gardeners required for guest house in the English Lake District

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  • Description

    Description

    I require a house keeper and maintenance person/gardener to help me restore & maintain this stunning Georgian building in the heart of the English Lake District.

    Join this small family business (holiday cottages and Bed & Breakfast) located about 2 minutes walk from the centre of Keswick.

    I have about 3 acres of woodland, garden, river (with fishing rights) and vegetable garden. A dog, cat, chickens, ducks, guinea-pigs & geese. I am a qualified and experienced EFL teacher

    My house is ALWAYS a very busy.
    Our family loves walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside....and the rain!

    Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    If you can speak intermediate - excellent English and have some of the following skills, please apply NOW!

    GENERAL TASKS REQUIRED
    - Gardening, grounds maintenance and looking after livestock.
    - Cleaning: family home plus guest accommodation.
    - Cooking: for family and guests
    - Laundry
    - House maintenance / DIY
    - General stuff around a house
    - Painting (you'll need to be very good as the house is listed and we have to achieve a high standard).
    - Chopping logs and clearing the woodland

    PERSONAL SKILLS REQUIRED
    We require Workawayers with:
    - experience
    - who are organised
    - who are conscientious
    - who can use time effectively
    - who can work independently to a high standard
    - who can demonstrate initiative.

    GENERAL
    I prefer to offer placements to WorkAways who would like to stay long term; 3 months or more.

    I strongly believe that by staying somewhere for a longer period, you make friends, find part-time work and really become part of a community.

    We are happy to be flexible regarding hours/days per week.
    E.g. 3.5 days/25 hours work in a 7 day week.

    You MUST be prepared to be independent during your free-time.

    You will be working outside and Cumbria can be wet! So come prepared!

    Applicants must be 21 years old or over due to employer liability insurance cover.
    If you are applying from within the EU please ensure that you have a EU health card AND that you have dental insurance as this is NOT covered by the NHS in the UK.
    If you are applying from outside the EU you must have an appropriate visa and health insurance in place.

    APPLICATION
    Please read the Host Listing CAREFULLY.
    Contact us including the following in your message:
    1. Which post you'd like to apply for.
    2. The dates you'd like to arrive and depart
    3. Your experience / qualifications for the post.
    4. Why you'd like to volunteer in Keswick, Cumbria.
    5. Let us know that you have a valid visa and health insurance for your stay.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, some German, some Japanese, Arabic

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    YOUR ACCOMMODATION
    A lovely self-contained cottage just behind the Hall:
    One double bedroom
    One single bed separated from the living area by a curtain.
    Kitchen and Shower room

    You Will be sharing the accommodation with another WorkAway. We cannot allow you to have guests sleeping over.

    The cottage has two wood burning stoves and a electric water heater.
    You are expected to keep your accommodation beautifully clean and tidy as this is one of our guest cottages.

    Occasionally, we use the Cottage for paying guests. We know about these bookings well in advance and will give you a room in the main house for these periods although you may need to share a bedroom with another WorkAway.

    We will supply you with BASIC foodstuffs and fresh food every week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming, HOWEVER you HAVE to MAKE an EFFORT to make friends!

    There are loads of groups & societies in Keswick (walking, knitting, climbing, kayaking, singing, theatre....) some of which are free/very cheap to join. Most of our WorkAways have taken full advantage of these opportunities and have made very good friends here.

    We have boats and bikes for you to borrow.

    We encourage you to only speak English whilst here. You will find that your English improves much quicker if you do.

    Your WorkAway experience will be as good as the effort you put into it!!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    25hrs per week


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Our place

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A great walk just down the valley from where we live
Half way round one of our favourite walks
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
We have kayaks & canoes as well as bikes you can borrow for your time off
Lots of little rivers for playing, picnics and fishing
The Barn Cottage - your home in Keswick
The Barn Cottage living room
The Barn Cottage double bedroom
Host ref number: 964952339343

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